Wool #1 By Hugh Howey Review
I purchased Wool on a whim. I had read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline earlier in the year, and because I bought the book through Amazon, new Science Fiction suggestions began to appear whenever I signed in. Wool was always displayed prominently. The Omnibus had a 5 star rating, with over a thousand reviews, something astoundingly rare. How could I not try book one?
I’m very glad I did. The first Wool book feels like an excellent short story, or a fantastic preview of what’s to come. It perfectly sets up the world in which you’re about to immerse yourself in, assuming you continue on with the series… which you will… because it’s impossible to stop reading this masterpiece.
The story begins with Sheriff Holston investigating and coming to grips with the demise of his wife. As we follow Holston, we’re introduced to the Silo, a post-apocalyptic underground shelter for the few remaining survivors of an unknown terrible event. Although that setup should be enough to pique readers interest, it’s the characters you’ll be coming back for.
I sat in bed on a day off and finished Wool #1 in a about an hour. It was a hell of an hour. Although I had other things planned for the day, I couldn’t help but dive right in to Wool #2 after finishing. Wool’s hooks were in me.
Although the characters are lifelike, and the setting intriguing, Wool may not have worked so well under a different author. Hugh Howey is just excellent. The prose is polished, and the pace is perfect. You’ll feel like Wool was written by one of the all time great Science Fiction authors. Because of this, Wool is destined to become a sci-fi classic.